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Meet OGDL in North East Los Angeles (Highland Park/ Eagle Rock)

Today we’d like to introduce you to OGDL.

OGDL, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started to make music and write down rhymes when I was 12 years old before when I was 11 years old, I would love to freestyle about things that were relevant in my life. I got to where I am today by not quitting and believing in my self when other people told me that I couldn’t, as much as some people tried to bring me down I had some people telling me I could do it. At the end of the day, it was me in my own head and I decided to give music my all because it’s something that I love to do with all my heart and it’s a way to express how I’m feeling or recreate an experience and even let people have fun through my music.

Has it been a smooth road?
The road I have been on was hard. I grew up in Trap houses my whole life, having only my mom and no dad around was hard. I had to deal with a lot growing up. Since a young age, I had to learn how to hustle if I wanted to eat or have new clothes. Growing up in a low-income home with a parent addicted to drugs was very hard, there were times that I didn’t eat and went to sleep hungry, times that there was no electricity or running water and times I had to sleep on the street. I remember one of the first houses I lived in was one of the biggest trap houses in all of Northeast Los Angeles and got raided by the swat team three times when I was only 4-6 years old. At the age of 11, me and my mom both got hit by a car while we were crossing the street on ave 50 and York blvd. in Highland Park, this was back in 2008. When I was only 16 just turning 17 in 2013 I had my 1st son which was a huge inspiration to get my life together, and in 2015 I was caught in a drive by at the wrong place and wrong time, a car passed by and unloaded a whole clip and I was hit, with the bullet missing my femoral artery by only half an inch.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am in music and go by “OGDL” which stands for OG Daniel Leo, I am a writer, composer, freestyler (MC), as well as a creative director on many music videos I have done. I specialize in making rap music and songwriting, I am more known for my contribution to music for the type of rap music I make, my favorite sub-genre of rap music to make is Trap music & Turn up music. As an individual as well as the owner of my company “OGDL MUSIC” I am proud of my music and how it is progressed over the years as well as my clothing line I recently launched, as well as both the positive and negative feedback I receive by doing music. This gives me a chance to reflect on what I do and see other opinions about what I put my heart into.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I feel like Los Angeles in general is an amazing place to do music and clothing because there is so many people that are willing to give a listen and let you take a moment of their time. If someone is just starting making music or clothing or whatever it is they are interested in I would recommend you do what you want to do and don’t let people hating get under your skin, because at the end of the day it is what makes you happy, you shouldn’t do things to please others but rather do things that you can be proud of yourself at the end of the day.

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